Michael Crow, the president at Arizona State University, remarks on current and future university design across the country at the Future of State Universities Conference this October in Dallas, Texas.

Crow argues that we need to design universities that are widely accessible to everyone, highly focused on problem solving for a more competitive economy and especially supportive of the children of the working class. He says that most public universities today would be unwilling to take on this model because it’s too complex and tough to implement.

He says we’ve been going through a 30- to 40-year lack of sufficient return from state and federal investments in universities. This has resulted in “an outmoded and no longer successful value proposition between the people and their investments in universities and what the actually universities do,” says Crow.

Crow says current university design is inadequate for:

  • Growth to scale
  • Increased enrollment, and
  • Innovation.

This has led to a “step function,” which means that our present models will not allow us to reach the next step unless we radically change university design. “A second operative cultural norm must be innovation,” he says. “We need new models for teaching, new models for learning, new models for discovery.”

If we don’t do this, he says, where will our future take us?

View the video by Academic Partnerships:

Michael Crow remarks at the the Future of State Universities Conference from Academic Partnerships on Vimeo.

For more about the Future of State Universities Conference, go towww.futureofstateuniversities.com.


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